Explore the Great Outdoors at the New Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley May 30-31 at SteelStacks
From hiking and archery to birding and biking, the region is invited to come together and explore the outdoors at the inaugural Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley presented by Lehigh Valley Zoo May 30 – 31 at SteelStacks. The event, which is free to attend, will include two days filled with dynamic presentations, hands-on activities and educational experiences designed to introduce attendees to the wide variety of nature- and outdoors-related resources and organizations throughout the region.
At Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley, patrons can enjoy activities and presentations by more than 25 different organizations whose missions focus on conservation, wildlife and outdoor recreation. Just a sampling of the activities include opportunities for children to try their hand at shooting a bow, casting a fly rod, building a Toad Abode, navigating an orienteering course, donning scuba equipment and more. An urban hike on the South Bethlehem Greenway, living history presentations, and biking and birding outings are among the other attractions being planned for the event. On May 30, the day concludes with a free, family-friendly concert by the GRAMMY-nominated Trout Fishing in America, which will perform 7:30 p.m. at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks.
“Research shows that children grow up well-rounded the more they are exposed to nature,” says Lehigh Valley Zoo President & CEO Melissa Borland. “Lehigh Valley Zoo strives to bring conservation education to our communities in unique ways and being a sponsor of ArtsQuest’s new Step Outdoors event is a wonderful opportunity to continue to unleash the wonder in children.”
One of the highlights of Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley will be the opportunity for children and their families to get up close and personal with a variety of animals and wildlife during presentations in ArtsQuest Center’s Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas. On both days, the Lehigh Valley Zoo will offer presentations featuring its live education animals including amphibians and reptiles from the Zoo’s new Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Center opening April 11. Hawk Mountain, the Berks County-based sanctuary dedicated to protecting birds of prey, will also offer a presentation on Raptors of Pennsylvania on May 30.
Families looking for a unique experience that ties art to the outdoors will want to check out the Make Your
Own Glass Birdfeeder sessions on both days of the event. During these hands-on sessions, the artisans of ArtsQuest’s Glass Studio at the Banana Factory will work with individuals ages 6 and older to create their very own birdfeeders. Cost is $45 and participants are encouraged to sign up in advance at www.steelstacks.prg/stepoutdoors since space is limited.
Organizations confirmed to participate in Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley so far include:
Appalachian Mountain Club
City of Bethlehem Parks & Recreation
Cutters Bike Shop
Da Vinci Science Center
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
Delaware River Shad Fishermen’s Association
Delaware Valley Orienteering Association
Discover Lehigh Valley
Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
Jacobsburg Historical Society
Keystone Elk Country Alliance
Lehigh River Stocking Association
Lehigh Valley Audubon Society
Lehigh Valley Zoo
National Wild Turkey Federation
Northampton Community College
Northampton County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Ruffed Grouse Society – Lehigh Valley Chapter
Sierra Club Lehigh Valley
United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania
Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley is supported by Lehigh Valley Zoo, in association with Cabela’s. Festival hours are 10-a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Complete details on the event will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.steelstacks.org/stepoutdoors.
Mark Demko, ArtsQuest
gro.tseuqstranull@okmedm or 610-332-1342
President & CEO, Lehigh Valley Zoo
gro.oozvlnull@dnalrobm and 610-799-4171 x226